What will the response be of people like this when Judgement Day / the rapture doesn’t arrive tomorrow? Here’s a clue.
By far the most obnoxious line in Bill Keller’s ornery new anti-social media New York Times Magazine column is this bit: The shortcomings of social media would not bother me awfully if I did not suspect that Facebook friendship and Twitter chatter are displacing real rapport and real conversation, just as Gutenberg’s device displaced remembering. This […]
People are bad at making predictions. That’s the conclusion of two New York Times columns from the past week. One explains the pervasiveness of “optimism bias”, which leads us to consistently overestimate our chances of success in our endeavors. The other argues that we tend to underestimate our adaptability and therefore overestimate the importance of […]
At The Atlantic Tech David Wheeler has a piece on the decline of witty headline writing: In a widely circulated 2010 article criticizing SEO practices, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten made the same point by citing a Post article about Conan O’Brien’s refusal to accept a later time slot on NBC. The print headline: “Better […]
I’ve written about the potential dangers of Google and Facebook using algorithms to recommend news, with the basic fear being that they’ll recommend stories that confirm my biases rather than “feed me my vegetables.” But Nieman Lab has an interview with the founder of Google News who has quite a different take on what he’s […]
Edge has a conversation with cognitive scientist Hugo Mercier on a paper he co-wrote on “the argumentative theory” of human reasoning. Here’s the gist: In Western thought, for at least the last couple hundred years, people have thought that reasoning was purely for individual reasons. But Dan challenged this idea and said that it was […]
Chris Mooney had a great piece at Mother Jones recently that has been making the rounds. The title is “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe in Science” and it’s a good primer on some of the literature on how we rationalize to protect our biases and more generally our worldview. If you haven’t read […]